An Itinerant Artistic Manifestation

November 21 – November 23 2013

Traveling artistic manifestation Spider Event Zagreb will take place from November 21 to November 23 2013. in Zagreb Dance Centre and The Croatian Academy Glyptotheque. This international gathering, focusing on contemporary dance and performing arts, has been organized by the de facto theater group as a part of the Spider Expand project and it foucuses on contemporary performing arts, especially contemporary dance, and live art.

Through cooperation with the Glyptotheque, emerged the focal point of the event: contemporary dance in a gallery, or in a theatre? The performances will examine these questions in two venues: the Zagreb Dance Centre and the Glyptotheque. The creative partnership between de facto and the Glyptotheque will use the gallery’s space to present a much broader concept of contemporary visual arts. The program will showcase prominent international performers and discuss new artistic forms, not only from the point of view of contemporary dance and theater, but also through the format of visual arts, from which contemporary dance in Croatia always drew its institutional framework, as well as its creative potential.

Event’s exhibition will present Croatian artists whose works link performing and visual arts. In its concept, the exhibition plays with the comprehension inversion of the role of performance space, examining the performer’s relation to its interpretation, and in its essence, it refers to the (un)certainty of the movement in the space of dance discourse.


November 21, Thursday
Meytal Blanaru (BE): Aurora (presentation), Zagreb Dance Center
Mette Edvardsen (NO): Black, Zagreb Dance Center
Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba (SLO): SOFA, Gliptoteka HAZU

November 22, Friday
Loge 22 (FR): Konkretheit, Gliptoteka HAZU
Matej Kejžar (SLO): HIT, Zagreb Dance Center

November 23, Saturday
20 h, Saša Božić i Petra Hrašćanec (HR): Trilogy premiere (Love will tear us apart / Boys don’t cry / the_beatles), Zagreb Dance Center


November 21, Thursday

Meytal Blanaru (BE): Aurora (work in progress)
19:30, Zagreb dance centre
The work Aurora arose from the stories of wild children (Feral children), children that spent the first few years of their life with no human contact; either raised by animals or secluded by abusive parents. While dealing with this subject, the artist came across the story of Genie: a child that had spent the first 13 years of her life strapped to a potty chair, locked isolated in a room by abusive parents. After her discovery in 1970 she continued to be passed on between different authorities, scientists and social workers. Her development as of an alternate human physicality was a gripping matter. People seemed to be drawn to her. This piece is dedicated to her.
Created and performed by: Meytal Blanaru // Music: Noam Dorembus // Costume design: Yaarit Eliyahu

Mette Edvardsen (NO): Black
20:30, Zagreb dance centre
‘Black’ is a solo performance about making things appear. The space is empty. There are no things. Through spoken words and movements in space a world will become visible, where the performer is the mediator between the audience and what is there. It is a play in time and space where only the body is physically present, performing actions and handling invisible objects, constantly trying to bridge the invincible gap between thought and experience, between here and there.
Created and performed by: Mette Edvardsen Production: Helga Duchamps/ duchamps vzw and Mette Edvardsen/ Athome//Co-produced by: Black Box Teater/ Oslo, Work Space/ Brussels//In collaboration with: Kaaitheater/ Brussels, Vooruit/ Gent, Netwerk/ Aalst

Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba (SLO): SOFA
21:30, Glyptotheque
»A decadence of figures, performed by Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba in the performance Sofa, illustrates the ero- sion of cultural and neoliberal Europe and the ever stronger rejection of in- tellectuality. A stinging performance in which each individual spectator can choose their own “rhyme“«
Durational performance Sofa is a context specific event. Authors each time develop its context in relation to the political situation and broader event in witch it is performed.
Authors and performers: Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba // Light design and scenography: Petra Veber Production Coordinator: Žiga Predan//Production: Kink Kong Pekinpah

November 22, Friday

Loge 22 (FR): Konkretheit
19:00, Glyptotheque
In Konkretheit Lodge 22 explores two main lines of artistic approach – the choreography, its essence and its format – the restitution mode to the viewer. How, in which place, in which environment / context do we present this work to an audience to amplify their perception and their sensitivity of the moment. The concept of Konkretheit is simple. To extract from the most raw material a poetic form, an elsewhere. The goal is to focus on the concretness (Konkretheit) of movement tto reveal a dance.
Created with: Marie Goudot, Thomas Michaux, Julien Monty, Michael Pomero, Adam Weig, Sandy Williams // Music: Loge 22 // Technical direction: Lise Poyol //Production: Lodge 22
With the support of: Rosas, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker; Forest Centre Culturel et du collège des Bourgmestre et Echevins de Forest; la Raffinerie, Charleroi Danses

Matej Kejžar (SLO): THIS IS NOT A HIT
21:00, Zagreb dance centre
In This Is Not a Hit, his latest work, Matej Kejžar, the choreographer, dancer as well the initiator and artistic director of Spider Expand!, turns back to the body; to liberation from all its connotations and representations; to persistence in exhaustion which is simultaneously a driving force of movement and the production of pleasure. Kejžar, who has recently collaborated intensively with the Belgian Rosas Group, together with the drummer Marjan Stanić in a solo drumming tour-de-force that lasts for over an hour, dissects established rhythmic patterns in such a way that he barely lets himself breathe or the spectator watch.
Choreography & performed by: Matej Kejžar // Music and live music: Marjan Stanić//Light design: Petra Veber and Hipi Jaja //Technician: Hipi Jaja//Producer: Žiga Predan//Produced by: Pekinpah/Kink Kong//Coproduced by: Plesni Teater Ljubljana

November 23, Friday

Saša Božić and Petra Hrašćanec (CRO): Trilogy (Love will tear us apart / Boys don’t cry / the_beatles)
20:00 Zagreb dance centre
The Trilogy demonstrates a special relation between contemporary dance and popular music. It began in 2011 with the solo for Petra Hrašćanec: Love will tear us apar, for which she won the Croatian Drama Artist Society Award. In its style the solo is a mixture between a rock concert and abstract narrative form. In the second part, P. Hrašćanec and M. Jastrevski explore the heritage of the female composers-singers from the 60s, while the final part of the Trilogy, the_bealtes, explores the influence of memory practices, revival of the Golden Age, examining the remains of cultural memory and forms of producing dance as physical expression of that memory.
Author: Saša Božić//Choreography: Saša Božić, Petra Hrašćanec (Love will tear us apart / Boys don’t cry / the_beatles), Marie Goudot, Micahel Pomero i Julien Monty (the_beatles)//Performed by: Petra Hrašćanec, Marko Jastrevski, Marie Goudot, Michael Pomero, Julien Monty//Produced by : de facto

Also, the works of Jasenko Rasol, Petra Hrašćanec, Davor Savicenti etc. will be presented in Glyptotheque….

Spider Events in various European cities are an integral part of the SPIDER EXPAND! project, which aims to bring together dancers, performers and various professionals working in the arts & culture sector. Through dance residency programs, performances and presentations of projects by international artists, debates, meetings and Spider Events in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Ljubljana, Lyon and Zagreb, the project explores new ways of connecting local and international communities and encourages creativity, sharing of knowledge and experiences, workshops, performances, presentations of works in progress and intensifies the cooperation of artists engaged in the project. Spider Expand! was intiated by Slovenian dancer Matej Kejžar and includes: Kink Kong/Pekinpah (Ljubljana), Colectiff Loge 22 (Lyon), de facto (Zagreb), DansCentrumJette (Brussels), DAN.C.CE/Dance Cultural Centre (Athens) and LaborGras (Berlin).

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.